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The following water restrictions will be enforced in the Central Highlands with regards to watering of private lawns and gardens. These restrictions are implemented under the Drought Management Plan of 2009. (Note: Triggers and restriction levels are on pages 54-61).

The Queensland Government also has some tips for using water wisely.

Update 21 January 2019 – Emerald and Blackwater now on Level 1 water restrictions

As per this media release, Level 1 water restrictions have been placed on the towns of Emerald and Blackwater until further notice.

For garden beds and shrubbery areas this means:

  • Micro-spray and drip systems fitted with timers can be used between 7.00 pm to 8.00 am on alternate days.
  • Sprinklers can be used between 6.00 am and 8.00 am and 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm on alternate days.
  • Hand-held hoses, watering cans or buckets can be used at any time.

For lawn areas this means:

  • Sprinklers, micro-spray and drip systems can be used between 6.00 am to 8.00 am and 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm on alternate
    days.

    • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for odd-numbered houses.
    • Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays for even-numbered houses.
  • Hand-held hoses, watering cans or buckets can be used at any time.

More information, including extra restrictions for pools, fountains and businesses use can be found in this document.

  • Anakie, Bluff, Comet, Duaringa, Dingo, Rubyvale, Sapphire and Springsure – Level 0
    • No sprinklers on Mondays.
    • Odd-numbered houses – Sprinklers allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, between the hours of 7.00 pm and 9.00 am only.
    • Even-numbered houses – Sprinklers allowed Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, between the hours of 7.00 pm and 9.00 am only.
    • Attended hand held hoses permitted at any time.

    More information, including extra restrictions for pools, fountains and businesses use can be found in this document.

  • Capella - Level 2

    Updated 14 December 2018. The level in the dams that supply water to Capella reached the  level to trigger level 2 water restrictions. The guide for level 2 water restrictions is:

    • Sprinklers must not be used at any time.
    • Hand-held hoses, watering cans or buckets can be used at any time.
    • Micro-spray and drip systems fitted with timers may only be used between 7.00 pm and 8.00 am
      •  On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for odd-numbered houses
      • On Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays for even-numbered houses.
    • Lawn areas must not be watered at any time.

    More information, including extra restrictions for pools, fountains and businesses use can be found in this document.

  • Emerald and Blackwater - Level 1

    Level 1 water restrictions have been placed on Emerald until further notice.

    For garden beds and shrubbery areas this means:

    • No sprinklers or use of watering systems on Mondays.
    • Micro-spray and drip systems fitted with timers may only be used between 7.00 pm to 8.00 am
      •  On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for odd-numbered houses
      • On Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays for even-numbered houses.
    • Sprinklers can be used between 6.00 am to 8.00 am and 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.
      •  On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for odd-numbered houses
      • On Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays for even-numbered houses.
    • Hand-held hoses, watering cans or buckets can be used at any time.

    For lawn areas this means:

    • No sprinklers or use of watering systems on Mondays.
    • Sprinklers, micro-spray and drip systems can be used between 6.00 am to 8.00 am and 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.
      • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for odd-numbered houses.
      • Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays for even-numbered houses.
    • Hand-held hoses, watering cans or buckets can be used at any time.

    More information, including extra restrictions for pools, fountains and businesses use can be found in this document.

  • Rolleston – Level 0
    • No sprinklers on Mondays
    • West of Warrijo Street – Sprinklers allowed Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 4.00 pm and 8.00 pm only.
    • East of Warrijo Street – Sprinklers allowed Wednesday, Friday and Sunday between 4.00 pm and 8.00 pm only
    • Attended hand-held hoses permitted at any time.

    More information, including extra restrictions for pools, fountains and businesses use can be found in this document.

  • Tieri – Level 0
    • No sprinklers on Mondays
    • West of Malvern Avenue – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between the hours of 4.00 pm and 8.00 pm.
    • East of Malvern Avenue – Wednesday, Friday and Sunday between the hours of 4.00 pm and 8.00 pm.
    • Attended hand-held hoses permitted at any time.

    More information, including extra restrictions for pools, fountains and businesses use can be found in this document.

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